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Labour News

City of Johannesburg hopes to end strike by Friday

By: African News Agency      7th April 2016 The City of Johannesburg on Wednesday explained why the boss at its waste-management entity, Pikitup, has was not been suspended despite a litany of charges preferred against her by the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu). Pikitup MD Amanda Nair, is accused of corruption by Samwu, whose members... 

Oliphant warns agri employers against noncompliance with new minimum wage

By: Samantha Herbst     4th April 2016 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has cautioned against the “disingenuous practice” of farm and forest employers who are not complying with the recently upwardly adjusted minimum wages. Many employers were reportedly paying workers far less than the current stipulated minimum wages, which they... 

Oliphant warns agri employers against noncompliance with new minimum wage
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

WC to create 300 000 new jobs in the next five years

By: Samantha Herbst     30th March 2016 Leveraging the Western Cape’s reputation as the “digital gateway to Africa” and a growing platform for new entrepreneurs, provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday recommitted his department to further promoting job creation in an effort to add over 300 000 jobs to the... 

WC to create 300 000 new jobs in the next five years
Alan Winde

DTI highlights Black Industrialists Programme as important intervention 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2016 South Africa’s Black Industrialists Programme, spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is an important intervention that will contribute to changing the country’s industrial landscape, said DTI Industrial Development Incentive Administration Division deputy director-general... 

DTI highlights Black Industrialists Programme as important intervention

90% of technical college graduates get jobs – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      29th March 2016 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that almost 90% of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college graduates were guaranteed jobs. Ramaphosa was speaking at the Human Resource Development Council [HRDC] summit in Johannesburg on Tuesday. 

90% of technical college graduates get jobs – Ramaphosa
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

AfDB to put up $1.1bn for Tanzania’s transformation to inclusive, green growth

By: David Oliveira     25th March 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced last month that it will support Tanzania’s economic transformation to inclusive and green growth through an indicative concessional resource assistance package estimated at more than $1.1-billion over a five-year period. The support package is... 

Bittersweet report leads to prompt response from sugar company

     25th March 2016 A report regarding sustainability issues in sugar cane production by the independent, not-for-profit research and network organisation Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) has rapped the Malawian division of South African sugar producer Illovo over the knuckles over issues... 

Sugar mill focuses on skills development

     25th March 2016 South African sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s new technical academy located at the Eston sugar mill, in KwaZulu-Natal, will soon see large portions of the company’s agricultural, factory and management personnel attend a combination of intense in-classroom and on-the-job training to deliver... 

Sugar mill focuses on  skills development
Photo by Bloomberg
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The academy also presents the opportunity to extend the company’s agricultural programmes

EPWP celebrates a decade of implementation

By: Anine Kilian     18th March 2016 The South African Cities Network, in collaboration with the Department of Public Works, has launched its Expanded Public Works Programme: Reflections over a Decade, a book reflecting on the decade-long implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in South Africa.   EPWP was a key... 

Russian, SA unions differ on nuclear job opportunities 

By: News24Wire      18th March 2016 A Russian nuclear union that is keen to win labour support for South Africa's new build programme will have a tough job winning over trade federation Cosatu. The campaign is part of Rosatom’s bid to win the 9.6 GW nuclear build programme, which is planned to take place from 2023 to 2030. 

Russian, SA unions differ on nuclear job opportunities

Finance house assists with small business growth

By: Dylan Slater     18th March 2016 Through financial services provider Sanlam’s enterprise and supplier development (ESD) programme, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have experienced an average of 19% growth in revenue in the past two years.  

New codes to catalyse transformation

By: Dylan Slater     18th March 2016 Compliance with the new Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice needs to be widespread if further youth uprisings are to be averted, thereby enabling South Africa to build additional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and triggering transformation and growing... 

New codes to catalyse transformation
Photo by Duane Daws
BBBEE CODES The biggest change in the new codes is a sub minimum of 40% compliance for all categories

Minimum wage no panacea to S Africa’s economic problems – Roodt

By: Ilan Solomons     15th March 2016 With the South African government intending to soon introduce a minimum wage across all industry sectors to ensure workers receive a “living wage” and to address current wage inequalities, Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt has raised concerns about the implications such a measure would... 

Minimum wage no panacea to S Africa’s economic problems – Roodt
Dawie Roodt

Attendance at festival expected to increase

By: Lynne Jackson     11th March 2016 This year’s Harvest Festival is set to take place at Leriba Hotel and Spa, in Centurion, from April 30 to May 2, with 4 000 visitors a day expected to attend. “The festival is a culinary journey, complemented by more than eighty award-winning wine farms, such as Arra Vineyards, Excelsior Wine... 

Attendance at festival expected to increase
Photo by Bloomberg
WINING AND DININGRepresentatives of more than 80 award-winning wine farms will convene at the festival

Collective factors impact on state of I&C industry

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th March 2016 Micro and macroeconomic factors, and the unavailability of local skills in South Africa are key issues that contribute to the stifling of progress in various sectors within the instrumentation and control (I&C) industry, says the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control... 

Collective factors impact on state of I&C industry
ORATILE SEMATLE The SAIMC facilitates continuing professional development accreditations and has collaborated with international bodies to provide training and development expertise in the I&C industry

Company at forefront of Ethiopian coffee industry development

     11th March 2016 German multinational business solution company Bosch hosted the first International Coffee Processing and Packaging round table in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November. The round table featured representatives from United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido), several industrial and... 

Company at forefront of Ethiopian coffee industry development
COFFEE Ethiopia is believed to be the birthplace of coffee with one in every five citizens currently involved in the industry

Tiger Brands gets new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2016 JSE-listed Tiger Brands has appointed Lawrence MacDougall CEO. The company on Wednesday said it expected to communicate his effective date of employment by the end of March, while acting CEO Noel Doyle would continue his role until then. 

Tiger Brands gets new CEO
Tiger Brands incoming CEO Lawrence MacDougall

Cabinet sheds light on minimum wage and drought  

By: News24Wire      8th March 2016 A delegation of Cabinet ministers who briefed the media on the nine-point plan President Jacob Zuma announced in his State of the Nation address last month touched on the proposed national minimum wage, the disastrous drought and President Jacob Zuma’s latest utterances on land claims. Labour... 

Cabinet sheds light on minimum wage and drought

Weakened rand leads to conservative hiring

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2016 Not only has the weakening rand had a negative impact on South African business, but it has also caused companies to rethink their hiring strategies, according to workforce solutions group Manpower SA’s second-quarter Employment Outlook Survey. The survey revealed that several companies were... 

Weakened rand leads to conservative hiring

Nissan’s Whitfield elected Naamsa president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2016 Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield has been elected president of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) for 2016. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s Jeff Nemeth would support Whitfield as VP, as would Kia Motors South Africa’s Ray Levin – who... 

Women’s boardroom presence ‘painfully slow’ to take off – EY report

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2016 Women remained on the sidelines of boardrooms in power and utilities companies worldwide, with new research indicating that, at the current pace of development, it will take 72 years for women to obtain a 40% representation on boards within the sector. Assurance, tax, transaction and advisory... 

Women’s boardroom presence ‘painfully slow’ to take off – EY report

Call for basic financial education at schools

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2016 Financial Planning Institute (FPI) chairperson Sankie Morata and Financial Services Board consumer education head Lyndwill Clarke called for basic financial education and orientation at schools at the FPI Global Consumer Survey launch last month. The financial literacy – the level of awareness... 

Waste separation at source key to improved recovery and landfill diversion

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2016 The greatest value is derived from recycling materials that are well sorted and uncontaminated. This requires that as much waste as possible, and as efficiently as possible, is separated early in the recycling process chain. Abstracting the highest value of recyclables before they get further... 

Waste separation at source key to improved recovery and landfill diversion

It's not up to government to create jobs – Zuma  

By: News24Wire      3rd March 2016 It is not government's responsibility to create jobs, but it should create an environment conducive for business to grow, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday. "It is not the business of government per se to create jobs," he told guests at the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders. 

It's not up to government to create jobs – Zuma

Schneider Electric broadens education programme to include more institutions 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd March 2016 Energy management specialist Schneider Electric South Africa on Thursday boosted its partnership with the French Ministry of Education to promote access to education and training through the country’s technical colleges. In 2012, the parties teamed up to launch the French–South African Schneider... 

Schneider Electric broadens education programme to include more institutions

Political uncertainty, conflict key inhibitor to FDI inflow

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd March 2016 Armed conflict, political uncertainty and security threats were the largest deterrents to foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in Africa, regardless of the quality of a country’s geological base, new analysis by advisory firm KPMG has shown. In the five-year period to 2014, total FDI inflows... 

Political uncertainty, conflict key inhibitor to FDI inflow

Zuma motion of no confidence about jobless South Africans – Maimane

By: News24Wire      1st March 2016 The motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma is about jobless South Africans, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday. Parliament is set to debate the motion for the second time in less than a year on Tuesday afternoon. 

Zuma motion of no confidence about jobless South Africans – Maimane
Photo by Jurgen Marx
Mmusi Maimane

Sacci weighs in on student uprisings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th February 2016  The increasingly violent student uprisings seen spreading across the country’s universities in recent weeks are “placing doubt” in the minds of potential investors in the country, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) president Vusi Khumalo told Engineering News Online on... 

Sacci weighs in on student uprisings

Zuma wants Gordhan to cooperate with Hawks – report

By: News24Wire      29th February 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will not receive any help from President Jacob Zuma relating to the so-called rogue unit at South African Revenue Service (Sars) at the time he was commissioner, according to City Press. This despite the Presidency rejecting claims of a conspiracy against Gordhan... 

Zuma wants Gordhan to cooperate with Hawks – report
Photo by Duane Daws
Jacob Zuma and Pravin Gordhan

GDE and ITA launch R7-billion Schools of Specialisation programme

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2016 The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and the Information Technology Association of South Africa (ITA) on Friday announced that they would roll out a R7-billion Schools of Specialisation programme over the next four years. The programme would receive R5-billion in funding from the Gauteng... 

GDE and ITA launch R7-billion Schools of Specialisation programme
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2016

     26th February 2016 Steel construction industry representative organisation the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is calling for entries for its Steel Awards 2016, which will take place simultaneously in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on September 15.  

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2016
2015 WINNER The Overall Winner at Steel Awards 2015 was the MeerKAT project of the Square Kilometre Array Africa Radio Antenna Positioner

Rail maintenance designer preserves investment in SA

By: Bruce Montiea     26th February 2016 Despite challenges, such as uncertain future business prospects, in the South African rail industry, heavy on-track maintenance machinery designer and manufacturer Plasser South Africa maintains a constant investment programme. The programme includes maintaining a suitable number of heavy... 

Steel industry faces toughest year

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 As local steel demand stagnates and exports decrease, various steel industry role-players and industry analysts have predicted this year will be the toughest one for local steel manufacturers, as companies have been forced to mothball or sell plants, cut jobs and even close operations.  

Steel industry faces toughest year
SURVIVAL The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction says the local steel construction industry will survive the current challenging environment owing to years of resilience

Steel major punts preferential pricing for scrap metal

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 Steel manufacturing major Scaw Metals is supporting the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines for local scrap metal.  

Steel major punts preferential pricing  for scrap metal
SUSTAINING PRODUCTION Scaw Metals plans to use the new price preference system for scrap metal to sustain jobs in the steel industry

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Recognising the socioeconomic strain caused by the current drought and following the successful implementation of its Industry Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, the national resource efficiency programme National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) is developing an Industrial Water... 

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development
KEVIN CILLIERS The National Cleaner Production Centre regional manager says that ts new programme will help alleviate South Africa's water scarcity

Water restrictions remain a possibility

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Where dam levels have further declined, more stringent restrictions will be implemented to preserve water supply, says the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The DWS notes that the latest South African Weather Services forecasts have projected below-average rainfall for the remainder of... 

Water restrictions  remain a possibility
MINISTRY AT WORK The Minister of Water and Sanitation launched the 2015 Water Week at KwaDukuza in KwaZulu Natal on March 16

Zero university fee increase gets R5.7bn boost in 2016

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2016 The South African government has set aside R16.3-billion to bridge the 2016 university fee increase freeze gap and clear students’ National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) debt accrued from 2013 to 2015. Tabling the 2016 Budget in Parliament on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said... 

Zero university fee increase gets R5.7bn boost in 2016

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